How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

Ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is one of the most utilized spaces inside of a home. It is a place where people cook meals, gather, and create memories that will be cherished for years to come. The sink located in the kitchen is most known for dishwashing and preparing food. When the sink becomes clogged, water can back up, creating a stressful mess. Learn what causes clogs and how to unclog a kitchen sink with the professional team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Causes of Clogs in a Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks can become clogged for various reasons. As previously mentioned, this sink is used for cleaning off dirty dishes as well as preparing food. What many find out too late is what they should not be putting down their sink’s drain. Certain foods and waste items can cause clogs that can lead to more serious plumbing problems. The following items should never go down the drain: egg shells, coffee grounds, bones, large fruit and vegetable peelings, flour, grease, oil, pits, pasta, and rice. 

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

If you have made the mistake of putting one of the aforementioned into your sink or have done it many times before, it’s important to know how to remove a clog if one occurs. Below is a list of different ways to unclog a kitchen sink on your own. 

Baking Soda and Vinegar

One way to unclog your kitchen sink is by using baking soda and vinegar. First, pour a good amount of boiling water down the drain. Next, take 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar and pour them down. After waiting about 5 to 10 minutes, pour more boiling water into the drain. This process should help break up the clog. 


Plungers are not just for toilets! Plungers can also be used to remove clogs from sinks. To remove a clog from the kitchen sink using a plunger, you must fill the sink with water allowing there to be a tight seal. Once this is down, you need to place the plunger over the drain and begin plunging until the blockage is no longer there. 

Drain Snake

A drain snake may be useful to remove a pesky clog. Insert the snake into the drain until the end of the cable reaches the clog. Next, begin turning the crank to break through the clog. Once you believe the clog is removed, turn on the hot water. 

Can’t Unclog Your Kitchen Sink? Give Stephens Plumbing a Call

If you are having trouble removing the clog on your own, don’t stress; the expert plumbers at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are only a phone call away! We offer prompt, reliable kitchen plumbing services and will work diligently to ensure the clog is removed, so that you may continue using your kitchen as you please. In addition to sink and faucet repair, we can also help with dishwasher repair and installation, water supply line repair, refrigerator installation, water filtration replacement and installation, garbage disposal replacement, and instant hot water dispenser replacement and installation. 
Contact Stephens today to schedule an appointment with us. You can count on us to provide affordable prices, expert work, and excellent service.